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File:Poetical Works of William Basse.jpg|thumb|drawing of shepherds reproduced in the Poetical Works of William Basse, possibly by Basse himself '''William Basse''' (c.1583–1653?) was an English poet. A follower of Edmund Spenser, he is now remembered principally for an elegy on William Shakespeare|Shakespeare.Stanley W. Wells, ''Shakespeare: for all time'' (2003), p. 95. He is also noted for his "s:Angler's song|Angler's song", which was written for Izaak Walton, who included it in ''The Compleat Angler''.
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